Astanga Yoga is an ancient wisdom, the greatest and noblest gift that Sage Patanjali has offered mankind. Its wisdom is timeless and is as valid today as it was centuries ago. Its beauty lies in the application of its principles that can be adopted and adapted in discovering the finer aspects of man according to one’s physical and intellectual capacity. The world-renowned Guru BKS Iyengar provides a lucid explanation on the exposition and application of the principles of Sage Patanjali in Light on Astanga Yoga. BKS Iyengar is considered as one of the foremost Guru on Yoga, who revived interest in the ancient subject and popularised it across the world. His writings are all based on his personal experiences. His book Light on Yoga written more than 50 years ago is often referred to as the Bible of Yoga. He is an author of over 30 books and most are best-sellers.
Photographer Richard Pilnick has created an unprecedented study of the asanas in the first four series by working with four of the leading teachers from the global community, all of whom studied under the guidance of the father of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). Both a detailed reference of the practice, and an elegant gift for its practitioners, this book curates over 150 inspirational images, all photographed using a large format camera and black-and-white film. They present the asanas in a detail that captures the mindful nature of the practice. The photographs are given the space to speak for themselves, each accompanied merely by its name in English and Sanskrit. The book proceeds from the Sun Salutation and Fundamental Postures, through the Primary and Intermediate series, to two Advanced series and a Finishing sequence. The backgrounds used for the portraits progress from dark to light, reflecting the progression of the inner self from darkness to light through the journey of the Ashtanga yoga movement meditation. Each chapter is introduced by an accompanying poem and a portrait of the internationally respected teacher demonstrating the postures and the fluid movements and breaths that connect them.
Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy is the first book of its kind, presenting a comprehensive guide to all eight limbs of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Join author Gregor Maehle, a seasoned yogi and compassionate teacher, as he guides you through: • the history and lineage of yoga • the fundamentals of breath, bandhas (energy locks within the body), drishti (the focal point of the gaze), and vinyasa (sequential movement) • a detailed breakdown of the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, following the traditional vinyasa count • a lively and authentic rendering of the complete Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, yoga's ancient sacred text • a glossary of yoga terminology In the asana section, Maehle describes each posture with clear, meticulous instructions, photographs, anatomical illustrations, and practical tips. Information on the mythological background and yogic context of specific postures brings further insight to the practice. In the philosophy section, Maehle illuminates the Yoga Sutra using the major ancient commentaries as well as his own insights. This volume makes the entire path of Ashtanga Yoga accessible to modern practitioners. Both practical guide and spiritual treatise, Ashtanga Yoga is an excellent introduction to the eight limbs of yoga and an invaluable resource for any yoga teacher or practitioner.
AṢṬĀṄGA YOGA, also known as Rāja Yoga, is the scientific method of enlightenment propounded by the ancient sage Patañjali in the Yoga Sūtras. It is the Yoga that Baba Hari Dass (1923-2018) practiced from childhood. Arriving from India in 1971, Baba Hari Dass was active in training students and teachers of Yoga in the United States and Canada. Through his teachings and life example, young and old alike are learning the gentle art of living in peace. This new edition and e-Publication uses the IAST format for all Sanskrit terms. Intended for those interested in correct pronunciation of all transliterated Sanskrit terms and those who want a convenient way to carry the book to classes, enjoy leisure reading, and engage in research.
Ashtanga Yoga is a graceful, athletic type of yoga that has become extremely popular in recent years. Here, Kino MacGregor, a disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the great modern guru who developed Ashtanga Yoga, gives a comprehensive view of the practice and shows how Ashtanga is fundamentally a path of spiritual transformation and personal development. MacGregor delves into the history and tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and reveals how its philosophy manifests in contemporary lifestyle and dietary choices. She also explains the essential connection of breath, posture, and gaze that is the core of the practice. Her clear, step-by-step instruction of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series—including standing, seated, backbending, twisting, hip-opening, and closing postures—is a wonderful initiation for those who are new to the practice, and it will motivate experienced yogis toward perfection of the form. Throughout, MacGregor shares her own personal yoga journey and her devotion to yoga as a path of self-realization in a way that will inspire all practitioners.
Jyotish or Indian astrology is an ancient and complex method of exploring the nature of time and space and its effect upon the individual. Formerly a closed book to the West, the subject has now been clarified and explained by Hart deFouw and Robert Svoboda, two experts and long-term practitioners. In Light on Life they have created a complete and thorough handbook that can be appreciated and understood by those with very little knowledge of astrology. Jyotish states that by considering the state of the cosmos when an event occurs, we can begin to understand its nature - and to prepare an appropriate response. Although there are similarities with Western astrology there are also profound differences. Jyotish is, above all, infused with the religious, psychological and physical spirit of India. This comprehensive and enlightening book on the subject will prove a necessity to every astrologer or student of Indian thought.
A fresh translation of the writings of Patanjali, the first man to record the ancient practice of yoga, by Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the West. Serious students and teachers of yoga, especially those studying Iyengar yoga (the most popular form in North America), will find this an indispensable guide to wholeness, poise, and peace.
Eminent yoga teachers Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor explore essential lessons from The Bhagavad Gita to reveal a practical guide for living in today's complex world. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most influential and widely recognized ancient texts in Indian epic literature. Through the telling of the story and its many different philosophical teachings, the text provides deep insight into how to meet life's inevitable challenges while remaining open, clear, and compassionate. It offers modern day wisdom seekers a framework for understanding our core beliefs and who we really are--revealing the fact that healthy relationships to others and the world are essential to living a full, compassionate, balanced life. Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, both deeply respected yogic teachers, offer a practical, immediately relevant interpretation that emphasizes self-reflection and waking up in our modern world. Following the traditional sequence of teachings in The Bhagavad Gita--from its opening scene in which Arjuna finds himself in the middle of a battlefield, hesitating and trapped between opposing sides, torn by his dharma and confused by the various paths of action he might choose in the process of awakening--Freeman and Taylor interweave insight into how these classic teachings are relevant for modern readers struggling with what it means to live responsibly in the twenty-first century. With quotes, citations, and a full translation of the original text, they look at the overall arc of the The Bhagavad Gita's teachings and how that relates to the turmoil that arises, not only for Arjuna, but for any of us in the face of crises of conscience, spirit, and form. Exploring the essential themes such as love, wisdom, and karma, and by offering embodiment exercises to apply the teachings, When Love Comes to Light guides readers in the step-by-step process of waking up their intelligence and finding a path toward compassionate action.
This comprehensive introduction presents the practice, theory and philosophy of Ashtanga Yoga. It describes in a short and concise way its historical development and philosophical background. The author not only studies the goals of Ashtanga yoga but looks equally closely at the theory and the environment of yoga practice. The detailed description of the ancient system of Ashtanga yoga, which dates back thousands of years, is compared with modern scientific findings. In the final chapter the author also discusses obstacles to the practice of yoga and how to overcome them.
On the Haṭha Yoga tradition based on age old practice in Mysore Palace, with illustrations of asanas from the Yoga section of Śrītattvanidhi by Kr̥ṣṇarāja Vaḍeyara, III, Maharaja of Mysore, fl. 1799-1868; includes English translation of the text.
Yoga - The Art of Balance is a yoga instruction book with photos of people of all ages and body types demonstrating a complete yoga workout that guides the reader from the beginner to the intermediate level and beyond. There is also helpful information on how to find the right style of yoga for you, the right studio, the right teacher and how to practice yoga without injuries. There are sections on the history of yoga as well as on yoga philosophy. The information and ideas presented are not only non-dogmatic, they are accessible and useful to people of all faiths or no faith. This book is unique in that it will help the yoga practitioner find their own yoga. The emphasis is on self-discovery and balance, not conformity to an existing norm, ancient or modern. Yoga - The Art of Balance will help you balance your body, mind and spirit. You will build strength and flexibility as you learn to relax and really enjoy this journey, called life, to its fullest.
This book deals with the art of living and science of Yoga. It will help and guide in daily life, in every sphere of action and in improvement of human relationship, irrespective of one's belief and profession. Divine Light offers practical guidance to spiritually inclined readers. It includes many easy and practical sadhanas for the aspirants who desire to follow the Divine Path while working and living in the world-the sadhanas picked up by the author by sitting at the feet of saints and seers like Bhagavan Raman Maharshi, Swami Sivananda Saraswati, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and many others. The book is intended for thoughtful study and practice. The purpose is to create an interest and inspiration towards divinity. This is total integration of thought and action without which life is unreal and meaningless.
Presents A Brief Outline Of 12 Upanisads Which Have Come Down To Us From Rsis To Gurus And To Their Disciples. In The Introduction A History Of Vedic Literature-Samhitas, Brahmanas And Upanisads Has Been Given. Has 3 Detailed Chapters And 3 Appendices, Useful Bibliography As An Index.
Dharma Patañjala presents a Saiva scripture from ancient Java studied in the light of related old Javanese and Sanskrit texts. A comprehensive introduction places the scripture in context, and a critical edition of the text is provided with parallel translation.
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Complementary and alternative medicine encompasses a wide range of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and supplements, naturopathy, and body and mind therapies. The use of these healing methods is increasing rapidly, and more and more patients are approaching primary care physicians with questions about them. The purpose of this issue is to help doctors understand the evidence supporting and refuting complementary and alternative medicine techniques so they can provide patients with answers. This is the first of a two-part series, and it focuses on the various modalities.